From the Register

A Register of Services is available from 1933 and it gives an insight into Church Life over the last 70 years.
In 1933 there were 58 services, 9 Holy communion, 42 Evensong, 1 baptism and 6 Lantern Services with slides. In 1942 the number of services in a year reached a peak of 95 with a low in 1983 of 11 Holy Communion services. Today there are approximently 45 services held in the Church every year.
Attendance is interesting. In 1934 a total of 1565 people attended services with a peak ,in 1955, of 1819 and a low of 56 in 1975. Today on average some 700 people attend services in any year.

The following notes from the Register are of interest:-

23 July 1933
Open-air service – 50 people present
May 1933
Flu very bad in the village
25 January 1942
Service impossible due to snow
2 August 1942
No Organist, 2 people so we gave up the service
13 May 1945
Thanksgiving Service – End of War
19 August 1945
Thanksgiving for Victory
February 1947
No services all month due to snow blocking the roads
8 February 1975
To economise the electricity was cut off
6 June 1985
Bishop of Newcastle preached at Evensong
27 March 1991
Electricity re-connected
13 September 1998
The Church was dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin by Bishop Martin of Newcastle
18 September 1999
First wedding service held in the Church under Special Licence.
30 November 2003

Centenary Eucharist celebrated by Bishop Paul Richardson, Assistant Bishop of Newcastle, followed by a Centenary Birthday luncheon.

20 November 2005
Dedication of the new hassocks sewn by Friends of Saint Mary's. Click here to see photo
4 September 2006
Replacement of the two south-side windows by MV Dundas of Little Mill.
23 October 2006
Installation of stained glass window as memorial to Maurice Blair.
19 November 2006
Service of Dedications of the Maurice Blair Memorial Window followed by sunday lunch in the Joiners Arms.
September 2010
Service of Dedication of the Organ donated by Ken and Biddy Fell of Embleton